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Sleek downtown Miami tower adds high-end French food and leisure to the business-hotel DNA
The hotel, a brand-new build, opened in late 2010. From the airy, marbled lobby to the stainless steel pool on the 19th floor—and in the 313 guest rooms and suites in between and above—things still look and feel fresh, crisp and comfortable. JW Marriott—especially Marquis properties within the brand—are a cut above what you usually associate with Marriott. Make no mistake, rooms are more traditional and business-oriented than they are whimsical or resort-style, but they take a tired formula and amp up the luxurious touches.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are spacious, with high-thread-count white bedding, 52-inch flatscreen HD TVs (on which you can watch shows or movies via your Netflix account), a connectivity panel to hook up your devices to the big screen and personal espresso machines. Clean lines and soothing neutrals create warmth, and the overall look is modern comfort. Bathrooms are huge, even in the lowest room categories, and all have separate oversized tubs with whirlpools (great for a soak) and roomy showers with glass doors. Rounding out the bathrooms are vanities, a hair dryer, two cozy bathrobes and sets of slippers, a lighted makeup mirror and bath amenities by Aromatherapy Associates. If you can’t brush your teeth without keeping an eye on the stock prices, CNN ticker or baseball scores, you’ll love the TV screen embedded into the bathroom mirror.
The JW Marriott Marquis makes it easy to forget to leave the property during your stay. The star here is db Bistro Moderne, a Daniel Boulud restaurant serving excellent French classics, including oysters, ceviche and foie gras. Take a break and enjoy happy hour at the restaurant’s bar, with a selection of $8 cocktails and reasonably priced small plates before 8 p.m. More casual dining options include Met Café & Bar, a classy cafeteria with sports playing on the TVs, ThreeFortyFive for breakfast with a side of Biscayne Bay water views, and Intermezzo for espresso and pastries. Whether for a meeting or a high-end event in JW Marriott’s rooftop aerie, a blowout is essential in Miami. Enliven Spa & Salon, on the 20th floor, has a full menu of hair, body, facial, nail and waxing services for men and women. To keep sport nuts—or bosses—happy, there’s an on-site golf-swing academy at the hotel, and for the kids, a virtual bowling alley and 3-D theater. A wine boutique and cigar shop mean you can even take some of the good life to go.
In the Area
The boutiques, bars and restaurants of the growing Brickell area are just a short stroll or drive away. (You could even hop the free trolley that runs down Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell Avenue.) If you love sushi and have deep pockets, hop across the street to Zuma, and prepare for star sightings. Speaking of celebs, the Miami Heat’s home, the American Airlines Arena, is right around the corner; if it’s not basketball season, expect big-name bands to be in residence. For a more highbrow night out, head a few blocks north to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The on-site Prelude by Barton G. offers a $29 fixed-price dinner menu (plux tax and gratuity) for seatings prior to 8:00 p.m.